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Video: Vaping Increases The Risk Of Chronic Lung Disease By A Third
Vaping increases the risk of chronic lung disease by a third
Vaping significantly increases the risk of developing chronic lung diseases: asthma, bronchitis, emphysema. The concurrent use of conventional and electronic cigarettes almost triples this risk. This has been proven for the first time by long-term research.
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The use of e-cigarettes significantly increases the risk of developing chronic lung diseases: asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, according to a new study, the results of which were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Scientists analyzed data from 32,000 American adults who were observed from 2013 to 2016. None of them had lung disease at the start of the study.
Several earlier studies that did not follow long-term follow-up of participants have shown a link between e-cigarette use and lung disease. But new scientific work offers more compelling evidence for causation.
“We found that for e-cigarette smokers, the likelihood of developing lung disease increased by about a third, even after accounting for their tobacco use, clinical and demographic information. We concluded that e-cigarettes are harmful in themselves, and their effects are independent of smoking regular tobacco,”said senior study author Stanton Glantz.
According to the data obtained, the use of e-cigarettes increased the chances of developing chronic lung disease by 1.3 times, and regular cigarettes by 2.6 times. Dual use (cigarette and e-cigarette smoking) more than triples the risk of developing lung disease. Consequently, dual use - the most common pattern among vapers - results in cumulative harm from e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes.
This finding is especially relevant as the debate continues over whether e-cigarettes should be promoted as a harm reduction tool for smokers. However, less than 1% of smokers have completely switched to e-cigarettes.
“Switching from regular cigarettes to purely e-cigarettes can reduce the risk of lung disease, but few do. Most smokers simply add e-cigarettes and become dual users, which significantly increases the risk of lung disease compared to regular smoking,”concluded Glantz.
It is important to note that the results presented in this study are not related to acute lung disease, first reported this summer.